It is strange how we always reach out for products that are unnatural and that can harm our health when we can actually build almost everything at home.
Handmade soaps are quite easy for making and they will provide your body with numerous vitamins and minerals. This article will help you learn the process of soapmaking.
The process of making soap is called saponification and it is a chemical reaction between a vegetable or animal fats with a strong alkaline.
There are two ways of soapmaking – “melt and pour” process where you need to melt down a premade soap base and stir it in fragrances, herbs, minerals and whatever you like.
After you make the mixture, you can pour it into molds and let it cool down for some time in order to become hard.
The other process is known as the “cold process” where you need to mix oils with a base solution.
As a base solution, people mainly use lye, which can burn your skin when preparing so you need to approach it with caution and obey the safety instructions.
The best part about this soap is that it will last for a longer period of time and you can have control over the elements that you include.
For a successful creation of soap, you will need:
- Silicone molds
- Mixing bowls (made of stainless steel)
- Measuring spoons (made of stainless steel)
- Alkaline for “cold process” (wood ash or lye)
- Soap base for the “melt and pour process” (shea butter, glycerin or goat’s milk)
- Quick read thermometer
- Additives such as dried herbs, vegetable, and essential oils and natural colorants
1. Soap made from honey and milk
For this recipe, you will only need 10 minutes of your time and you will get anti-aging, clarifying and acne-fighting benefits.
This recipe doesn’t require lye and your skin will become smoother every time you use the soap.
Get the recipe from Happiness is Homemade.
2. Facial soap made from Charcoal and tea tree oil
The tea tree oil will provide you with detoxifying and healing properties. It is a black soap that is easy to make and it will make your facial skin soft and hydrated.
See how it’s done at Soap Queen.
3. Soap made from pure coconut oil
For this recipe, you will need lye, coconut oil, and water, and you can add your favorite essential oil. It is a moisturizing soap that can be also be transformed into laundry soap.
Get the full instructions at Mommypotamus.
4. Soap made from Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is quite famous among the essential oil out there and it is the perfect choice for soapmaking. It can be used for treating acne, wounds, sunburns and dry skin. You can add the lye, olive oil or coconut oil.
See how it’s done at Mother Earth News.
5. Soap made from lavender oatmeal
The lavender can provide your body with numerous benefits, especially if you have issues such as itchy or dry skin. It has moisturizing properties that will improve the health of your skin.
In order to prepare it, you will need a soap base made of goat’s milk, quick cook oats, lavender essential oil, and dried lavender flowers.
Get the full instructions at Beauty Crafter.
6. Soap made from banana and yogurt
This one is made with flaxseed oil, yogurt powder, and powdered banana. It is full of vitamins such as E, A and B6, potassium, healthy fats, and lactic acid. If you have issues with dry skin, this body bar will do wonders for you.
Get the recipe from Soap Deli News.
7. Soap made with pink Himalayan salt and grapefruit
The healthiness of the Himalayan salt can be also used in the makings of soap that will bring you numerous benefits. You will also need grapefruit essential oil and soap base made of goat’s milk.
See the recipe at a Pumpkin & a Princess.
8. Soap made of poppy seed
There are two versions of this recipe. There is a version of soap made of lemon poppy seed that is usually used to get rid of the kitchen smell from the hands. The other version is made of almond poppy seed and it is an excellent exfoliant.
Get the recipes at Gluesticks.
9. Soap made of hemp and shea
The oil that is extracted from the hemp contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are essential elements for boosting the health f your skin.
If you follow this recipe, you can add olive oil, castor oil, hemp seed oil, lard, and hemp seed oil. Also, in order to make it creamier, you can add white kaolin clay.
Find the full instructions at Humblebee & Me.
10. Soap made of coffee
We all know that coffee is the best way of detoxication. In order to make this soap, you will need to use the melt and pour process. For conditioning, use goat’s milk soap base together with almond, and fresh coffee grounds for exfoliation.
Get the recipe from Imperfectly Happy.
11. Soap scrap soap
The easiest way to make soap and save some money is to save the parts that we usually throw at the end of the soap bar.
Slice them or chop them and boil them in a pot of water. As soon as it becomes hot, apply the mixture into molds and wait until it is hard and cool.
See how it’s done at Slow Living Essentials.
12. Soap made of calendula
This soap has antioxidant properties and it can be used for healing, protecting and hydrating your skin. You need to use the cold process and you need to dry the calendula petals before adding rice bran oil, olive oil, and coconut oil.
See how it’s done at Instructables.